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Workshop to Help Small Farm Businesses Break into Wholesale Market

Program features best practices for small farms to sell to commercial
and institutional buyers
As demand for local food soars opportunities abound, but to take advantage and grow, growers need help navigating the wholesale market.

On January 23-­, 24, 2017, Community FARE (Food-­Advocacy-­Resources-­Education) a local non-­profit organization, with support from the U.S.D.A and FamilyFarmed, will host the “Wholesale Success” workshop. The program was developed and will be led by the FamilyFarmed’s Atina Diffley, an organic farmer and author of the 2012 award winning memoir, Turn Here Sweetcorn: Organic Farming Works.

The event will be held at Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center in Jefferson, MD, which has offered their restored Dairy Parlor for 25 farmers to come together and learn what it takes to work within the wholesale buyer’s system. Topics to be addressed include: sizing and grading vegetables and fruit, how to label and assign lot codes, building grower/buyer contracts, pricing, communication, sequential planting, quality control, trends and more. The workshop is intended to bring each participating local farm closer to being able to serve the wholesale market
Please follow the links below for more information and how to register for this important marketing workshop
Wholesale Success "Event Flyer"
How to Register to attend Wholesale Success Workshop
Wholesale Success "Press Release"

Montgomery County Farm Transition Estate and Planning Workshop
Montgomery County Extension Office
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Planning for a successful transition from one generation to another is often done poorly or not at all. I've seen countless instances in my 35 years in Extension of families hurt by poor planning in this area. The workshop will be offered free of charge and include lunch. Pre-registration is required. To register, call  301 590-2809.

If you think you can benefit from this workshop, please download the  Montgomery County Farm Transition Estate and Planning Workshop flyer. 

The Flyer contains the program for an estate planning/transitioning workshop that will be  held at the Montgomery County Extension Office on Wednesday, January 18th.

This program should be helpful to farmers as well as non-farmers.

Buy Local Challenge Support Local Agriculture:
Now available online!  From My Backyard to Our Bay
A Howard and Montgomery County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Our Drinking Water...(  read more )

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Topics of Interest:
Attention Fruit and Vegetable Producers! Are you looking for a wholesale buyer for your produce? Download our list of  Regional Wholesale Produce Buyers (92 kb/PDF).
Looking for a reliable source of fresh, local fruits and vegetables for the next growing season? Join one of Montgomery County's  Community-Supported Agricultural Operations (CSAs). Hurry, subscriptions are limited and fill up fast!
Deer Management - Find out how the Division is supporting County deer management efforts.
Farmland Preservation - Learn how to preserve your farm for future generations.
Publications - Download pamphlets, the Montgomery County Horse Study, the Montgomery County Farm Directory and other agricultural publications.

Ag Facts - Download fact sheets, or access information about agricultural use assessments as well as State and County Agricultural Transfer Taxes

New Farmer Project - Information regarding the New Farmer Project

The Office of Agriculture
  •  was created to support and promote the viability of the agricultural industry in Montgomery County. Agricultural activities occupy about one-third of Montgomery County's land area and the County's diverse agricultural industry - 540 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises - produces more than $287 million in economic contribution and employs more than 10,000 residents.  
  • works to increase the public's awareness of the value and economic impact of agriculture. In order to preserve working farmland, the Division works closely with farmers in the County's  Agricultural Reserve. More than half of the County's 93,000 acres of viable farmland is now preserved through  transfer of development rights or  easement purchase intiatives. Two years before its 2010 goal, the County achieved its farmland preservation goal to protect 70,000 acres of farmland.

The majority of Montgomery County farms are family-run operations, many reaching back several generations, and these farms are state-of-the-art agricultural operations, contributing to the County's incredibly strong economy. Preserving farmland as a resource ensures that Montgomery County will have agricultural production capabilities in the future.
Our office  cooperates with the following departments, agencies and nonprofit organizations:
Nonprofit and other cooperating organizations:
The Montgomery County Farm Bureau
The Montgomery County Food Council
The Montgomery County Food Council was established as an advisory board to develop a bold vision for a Sustainable Community Food System Initiatives for Montgomery County.  Officially launched in February 2012, its 19 current Council Members broadly represent the food system both substantively and geographically, and include chef restaurateurs, food entrepreneurs, and representatives of local government, non-profits, and business.
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
National Capital Farms

Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry

The Office of Agriculture · 18410 Muncaster Road · Derwood, Md 20855
Phone: 301-590-2823 · Fax: 301-590-2839

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